Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç equated public laughter by women with immorality. Women in Turkey have responded with a Twitter campaign of images of themselves laughing.
At least 2,000 have left to join rebel groups in Syria, dividing families from Berlin to London and creating a new security threat for the West.
The advance of the Islamic State in Iraq opens an opportunity for Kurds to seek an independent state. But they must be cautious and ensure such a move does not trigger violence. The Middle East needs examples of peaceful means of change.
Iraqi Kurdistan is moving ahead with independence plans. With Kurds also holding an important swing vote in Iraq's parliament, this is a problem. A big one.